2021 has been a strange and tragic time, with the majority of us spending much of our days social distancing at home and indoors. Fortunately, there is no shortage of fun and activities for you and your family to enjoy at home. So, if you are looking for ideas to stay creatively stimulated, thoroughly entertained, and hopefully, well-focused on the good times, then look no further.
Paint By Number Kits
“Paint By Number” kits, though largely aimed at small children in the past, have surprisingly becoming quite the trend amongst adults these days, with many reporting a remarkable and therapeutic feeling of stress relief and relaxation. Don’t think you’ll just be painting in some simple childish line drawings though. These new “adult kits” come fully equipped with professional, quality brushes and paints, as well as Paint By Number booklets filled with finely detailed artworks that, once coloured, may very well prompt you onto your next DIY craft project. E.g. framing and hanging up your proud new artwork!
Acrylic Paint Pours
If you have never experienced the endless fun and artistic splendour of acrylic paint pours, well then, you are in for a treat! A technique of painting that involves mixing acrylics with a pouring medium, and then dripping, spraying, splashing, or pouring the colours as you see fit across a flat surface, it is both easy to learn and do, and to great effect! Buy your own supplies or purchase a ready-to-use kit. Furthermore, it can be used on practically anything, within reason, from a regular canvas, or board, to a phone case, to clothes, curtains, or even furniture.
Shibori Textile Dyeing
The Japanese Shibori method of twisting and folding fabrics, and then binding and dipping them into dyes to create wonderful and amazing patterns and designs, is a very old and celebrated Japanese tradition and art-form. It also happens to be a highly fun and rewardingly creative activity that anyone can easily learn. Create your own unique and interesting designs, or follow the old traditional methods, the choice is all yours.
Though recycling old and unwanted stuff can often be a tedious chore, “upcycling” on the other hand, can be quite the opposite. Upcycling has been a hugely popular DIY trend for quite some time and is showing no signs of losing steam. And why would it? It’s as enjoyable as when you signup online and play games.
With a bit of imagination, motivation, and a few inexpensive crafting materials, one can potentially transform dull or unwanted objects in and around the home into something brand new, and far more appealing and decorative. Not to mention all the pretty pennies you will likely save in the long run by buying less new stuff.
Outdoor Décor DIY
Along with upcycling, outdoor décor is another well-established DIY trend that shows no signs losing popularity any time soon. As a result, there are a variety of different kits to purchase, as well as a wealth of information and guides available online, ranging from DIY lanterns, to birdhouses, and virtually anything you might want for your garden, patio, or stoop.